13 days
Duration
Black Sea Coast, Bucovina, Danube Delta, Maramures, Transylvania
Regions
Cultural Tour, Long Tour, Private Cruise, Private Tour
Tour Type

DISCOVER ROMANIA’S RICH TAPESTRY: A 13-DAY JOURNEY THROUGH HISTORY, CULTURE, AND NATURE

Embark on the “Timeless Treasures of Romania” tour, a captivating 13-day adventure that takes you deep into the heart of Romania’s rich history, vibrant culture, and breathtaking natural landscapes. This meticulously curated journey spans from the bustling streets of Bucharest, through the tranquil waters of the Danube Delta, to the mystical painted monasteries of Bucovina and the storied medieval towns of Transylvania.

Experience firsthand the UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as the ancient wooden churches of Maramures and the historic center of Sighisoara. Delight in the artisanal crafts of local blacksmiths and egg painters, and indulge in authentic culinary experiences including traditional Romanian lunches and home-hosted dinners that showcase the best of local flavors.

Discover Romania’s diverse heritage with visits to the Black Sea Coast, exploring ancient citadels like Histria, and navigating the labyrinthine channels of the Danube Delta on a private cruise. The journey continues through the rolling landscapes of Transylvania, where the myths of Dracula are entwined with historic castles like Bran and the royal elegance of Peles Castle.

“Timeless Treasures of Romania” is more than just a tour—it is a profound exploration of a nation’s soul, offering a deep connection to the traditions, nature, and people of Romania. This tour promises not only a voyage through space but through time, leaving you with lasting memories and a deep appreciation of this enchanting country.

The tour can be personalised according to your time and points of interest.

Itinerary: Bucharest Arrival – Bucharest City Tour – the Black Sea Coast – Histria Fortress – Danube Delta Private Cruise – Bucovina Exterior Painted Monasteries – Wooden Churches of Maramures – Steam Train Trip – Maramures Region Highlights & Folklore Show – Turda Salt Mine – Sibiu Walking Tour – Exclusive Gypsy Home Visit – Historic Center of Sighisoara – Saxon Villages with Fortified Churches in Transylvania – Brasov Walking Tour – Wildness Bear Observatory – Peles and Bran Castles – Bucharest Departure

DEPARTURE/RETURNDeparture from Bucharest (Henri Coanda International Airport) with the option for pickup from any other city upon request. Return transfer to Bucharest or the preferred city for departure.
TRANSPORTATIONTravel throughout the tour in a fully insured, comfortable car or minivan equipped with climate control.
TOURIST GUIDEA certified English-speaking tourist guide will accompany you throughout the tour, providing expert commentary and insights into Romanian culture, history, and folklore. Guides who speak other languages are available upon request.
13 UNESCO World Heritage Sites and one on the Tentative ListDanube Delta Biosphere Reserve – Explore one of Europe’s most biodiverse regions, a sanctuary for over 300 species of birds and numerous fish species in its complex network of waterways and lakes.

Historic Centre of Sighisoara – Wander through the well-preserved streets where buildings date back to the 14th century, including the birthplace of Vlad the Impaler.

Voronet Painted Monastery (Bucovina Exterior Painted Monasteries) – Often called the “Sistine Chapel of the East,” famed for its stunning exterior frescoes in unique Voronet blue.

Moldovita Painted Monastery (Bucovina Exterior Painted Monasteries) – Admired for its well-preserved frescoes depicting biblical and historical scenes on its fortress-like walls.

Sucevita Painted Monastery (Bucovina Exterior Painted Monasteries) – Blends military architecture with intricate frescoes, embodying the resilience and artistry of Moldavian culture.

Humor Painted Monastery (Bucovina Exterior Painted Monasteries) – Noted for its distinct reddish-brown frescoes, which cover both its interior walls and exterior facades.

Surdesti Wooden Church (Maramures Wooden Churches) – A masterpiece of Maramures wooden architecture, showcasing remarkable craftsmanship.

Budesti Wooden Church (Maramures Wooden Churches) – Renowned for its unique Gothic-style tower and rich historical significance.

Barsana Wooden Church (Maramures Wooden Churches) – Stands as a testament to the spiritual and artistic traditions of the Carpathian region.

Ieud Wooden Church (Maramures Wooden Churches) – Known as the ‘Birth Certificate of the Romanian language’ for housing one of the oldest documents in Romanian.

Biertan Fortified Church (Villages with Fortified Church in Transylvania) – One of the largest and most fortified churches in Transylvania, a symbol of Saxon ingenuity and endurance.

Saschiz Fortified Church (Villages with Fortified Church in Transylvania) – Not just a church but a bulwark against invaders, complete with a striking clock tower.

Viscri Fortified Church (Villages with Fortified Church in Transylvania) – Famous for its strong defensive structures and its role in preserving the village’s community.

Historic Centre of Sibiu and its Ensemble of Squares (Tentative List for UNESCO World Heritage Sites) – Enjoy the blend of architectural styles and the famous “Sibiu eyes,” a unique feature of the area’s roofs.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS AND UNIQUE CULTURAL CONNECTIONS

  • Personalized Journey: Tailor your 13-day Romanian adventure to your preferences, adjusting the route, duration, and tour features for a truly personalized experience.
  • Diverse Exploration: Immerse yourself in Romania’s rich heritage with no more than two days in the same location, allowing extensive exploration of the country’s cultural and natural landscapes.
  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Discover the essence of Romania through visits to 13 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the enchanting Danube Delta, the historic villages of Transylvania, and the spiritual painted monasteries of Bucovina.
  • Expert Guidance: Benefit from the knowledge and insights of Romania’s top-rated licensed tourist guides, each bringing a wealth of information and expertise to your journey.
  • Cultural Immersion with Gypsy Communities: Engage with the unique traditions and craftsmanship of Gypsy communities in Transylvania, gaining a deeper understanding of their vibrant culture.
  • Authentic Romanian Cuisine: Savor traditional Romanian dishes across three regions, including home-hosted meals in Maramures and Transylvania, and a traditional Bucovina lunch, for an authentic taste of local life.
  • Local Interactions: Connect with local people in traditional markets and through home-hosted experiences in Maramures, creating genuine cultural connections and understanding daily life in Romanian villages.
  • Artisan Encounters: Meet and learn from local artists, including an icon designer, blacksmith, potter, and egg painter, delving into Romania’s traditional arts and crafts.
  • Comprehensive Bucharest City Tour: Explore Romania’s vibrant capital with a comprehensive city tour, including the opulent Palace of the Parliament and Ceausescu’s former residence, revealing Bucharest’s rich history and modern charm.
  • Danube Delta Adventure: Experience the untouched wilderness of the Danube Delta on a private boat trip, a haven for wildlife and nature enthusiasts.
  • Saxon Village Exploration: Delve into the history and sustainability of remote Saxon villages in Transylvania, discovering their unique architectural styles and enduring traditions.
  • All-Inclusive Experience: Enjoy a hassle-free journey with all admissions included, from guided walks to exclusive tours, ensuring a rich and seamless exploration of Romania.
DEPARTURE/RETURNDeparture from Bucharest (Henri Coanda International Airport) with the option for pickup from any other city upon request. Return transfer to Bucharest or the preferred city for departure.
TRANSPORTATIONTravel throughout the tour in a fully insured, comfortable car or minivan equipped with climate control.
TOURIST GUIDEA certified English-speaking tourist guide will accompany you throughout the tour, providing expert commentary and insights into Romanian culture, history, and folklore. Guides who speak other languages are available upon request.
INCLUDED
9 nights at centrally located hotels3 nights home stay in Maramures (this can be changed to a hotel if desired)
Natural, authentic and local culinary experiencesBreakfast every day
One traditional Transylvanian lunchThree home hosted dinners in Maramures
One traditional Bucovina lunchDanube Delta Cruise with lunch
Steam Train Trip with picnic lunchExclusive organic smoked bacon tasting with lunch
Fuel, parking fees and local taxes includedEntrance fees to museums and sites included as per itinerary and guided tours at all sites
Private airport transfers on arrival and departureExclusive traditional horse carriage trip and blacksmith demonstration
Wildness Bear ObservatoryExclusive Romanian folklore show
Certified English-Speaker tourist guide specialized in Romanian culture and historyExclusive visit and interaction with a Gypsy family in their own home
Detailed map of RomaniaBottled water bottles in the car
Friendly talks with the guide about Vlad the Impaler – Dracula; Ceausescu and His Times and the Gypsies and Their Journey
NOT INCLUDED
Airplane tickets and health insuranceSouvenirs
Alcoholic beveragesHotel extras (telephone, mini bar, etc)
Meals, other than those included in the itineraryGratuities of any kind
Photo/video fees at sites and museums
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Day 1: Bucharest Arrival

Upon your arrival at Bucharest’s Henri Coanda International Airport, a warm welcome awaits from your personal driver. After settling into the comfort of your private vehicle, you’ll be whisked away to your centrally located hotel in the heart of Romania’s vibrant capital. As you settle in, the city’s eclectic mix of architectural styles, from neoclassical to modern, begins to tell the story of a rich historical tapestry that you will explore over the coming days.
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Day 2: Bucharest City Tour with Parliament Palace and Ceausescu Residence & 80s Communist Apartment – Bucharest Old Town

Awaken to the vibrant energy of Bucharest and enjoy a leisurely breakfast at your hotel. Your day begins with a guided tour led by your certified English-speaking tourist guide, introducing you to the grandeur and complexity of Romania’s capital. First on the agenda is the iconic Palace of Parliament, an architectural giant born from the ambitions of Nicolae Ceausescu. Here, explore its vast halls and learn about its history as one of the world’s largest administrative buildings.
Next, step into the private world of Ceausescu at his former residence. This preserved villa offers a rare glimpse into the opulent lifestyle and personal tastes of Romania’s last communist leader, showcasing everything from his private cinema to lavish living quarters.
The journey through Romania’s recent past continues with a unique visit to a meticulously recreated 1980s communist apartment. This immersive experience offers a window into everyday life during the communist era, complete with authentic furniture, decorations, and even snacks typical of the period.
Wrap up your day with a stroll through Bucharest’s charming Old Town. This vibrant area, with its cobblestone streets and eclectic architecture, offers a contrast to the morning’s historical insights and is the perfect place to soak in the city’s lively atmosphere. Enjoy dinner at one of the local restaurants or relax at a café, experiencing the modern-day culture of Bucharest as night falls.
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Day 3: the Black Sea Coast – Histria Fortress – Tulcea

Begin the day by leaving the bustling capital behind as you journey towards Romania’s Black Sea Coast. Your first stop is Constanta, a city rich with history and the largest seaport on the Black Sea. As you explore Constanta, your guide will introduce you to the ancient remnants of Tomis, the city’s original name when it was founded by Greek colonists. Highlights include the iconic Casino, a striking example of Art Nouveau architecture perched on the seafront, and the Great Mahmudiye Mosque, showcasing exquisite Moorish style.
Following your city tour, venture to the nearby Histria Fortress, the oldest and most important archaeological site in Romania. Uncover the layers of Greek and Roman history as you walk through the ruins and learn about the vibrant past of this once-thriving port city, which played a crucial role in the Black Sea trade routes.
In the afternoon, continue your scenic drive north along the coast to Tulcea, a gateway to the enchanting Danube Delta. Upon arrival, enjoy some leisure time to explore this port town’s blend of Romanian and Ottoman influences, reflecting its position at the crossroads of waterways. Dinner will be a delightful experience at a local restaurant, offering fresh Danube fish dishes, providing a perfect end to a day filled with historical exploration and natural beauty.
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Day 4: Danube Delta Private Cruise with Lunch – Danube Bridge – Bucovina

Awake to the tranquil surroundings of Tulcea, poised at the gateway to the Danube Delta. After breakfast, board a private boat for a cruise into the heart of the Delta, a UNESCO World Heritage site renowned for its rich biodiversity and stunning landscapes. As you navigate through the intricate network of waterways, marshes, and lakes, your guide, a seasoned naturalist, will point out various species of birds and aquatic wildlife that make the Delta their home.
The cruise offers not just wildlife viewing but also insights into the unique cultural heritage of the Delta’s inhabitants, who live in isolated villages accessible only by water. Experience the serene beauty of this vast wetland, which serves as a crucial stopover for migratory birds from six major flyways.
For lunch, savor a meal prepared on board, featuring local specialties such as fish soup and grilled fish, complementing the natural setting with flavors indigenous to the region.
In the afternoon, say goodbye to the serene landscapes of the Delta as you travel towards Bucovina, known for its painted monasteries and rich spiritual heritage. The journey takes you through picturesque countryside and traditional villages, providing a glimpse into the rural Romanian lifestyle.
Arrive in Bucovina by evening and check into your accommodation, a cozy retreat that reflects the traditional architecture and hospitality of the region. The rest of the evening is at your leisure, allowing you to relax and prepare for the next day’s exploration of Bucovina’s famous monasteries.
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Day 5: Folk Traditions Museum of Bucovina – Bucovina Painted Monasteries (UNESCO World Heritage Sites) & Traditional Lunch – Black Pottery Workshop

Your exploration of Bucovina begins with a morning visit to the Folk Traditions Museum, where you’ll delve into the rich cultural tapestry of the region. This museum showcases an array of traditional crafts, costumes, and household artifacts that reflect the everyday life and spiritual heritage of the local communities.
From there, embark on a guided tour of Bucovina’s UNESCO-listed Painted Monasteries, each adorned with vibrant frescoes that illustrate biblical narratives and orthodox saints. These unique artistic creations make the exteriors of these buildings as captivating as their interiors. Your first stop is Voronet Monastery, celebrated for its stunning ‘Voronet Blue’ frescoes, often referred to as the “Sistine Chapel of the East.”
Continue to Moldovita Monastery, where the vivid frescoes bring to life the Siege of Constantinople and the Tree of Jesse, a visual lineage of Christ’s ancestors. Next, visit Sucevita Monastery, a robust fortress-like complex with expansive frescoes that cover its walls, including the Ladder of Divine Ascent.
Enjoy a traditional lunch in the pastoral setting of Sucevita, offering dishes that epitomize the region’s culinary heritage.
After lunch, your cultural journey takes you to a local black pottery workshop. Bucovina’s black pottery is renowned for its distinctive color, achieved through a unique firing process. Witness artisans at work, learn about their techniques, and perhaps try your hand at the potter’s wheel.
Conclude your day with a visit to Humor Monastery, where the frescoes feature a predominant red, setting it apart from its sister monasteries. The scenes depicted here, including the Last Judgment and the Siege of Constantinople, are remarkable for their vividness and detail.
Return to your accommodation for a restful evening, enriched by the spiritual and artistic heritage you’ve experienced throughout the day.
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Day 6: Egg Painting Museum – Woman Museum – Ieud Wooden Church – Home Hosted Dinner in Maramures

Today’s adventure takes you deep into the heart of Maramures, a region famed for its well-preserved cultural traditions and enchanting wooden architecture. Start your morning with a visit to the Egg Painting Museum, where you’ll be introduced to the intricate art of Romanian egg decorating. This museum not only displays a colorful array of finely decorated eggs but also offers insights into the symbols and techniques used in this delicate craft.
Next, explore the Woman Museum, dedicated to the lives and contributions of Maramures women. This unique space celebrates their role in maintaining the cultural fabric of the community through costumes, textiles, and traditional household items. Here, stories of everyday heroism and artistic skill weave together a vivid picture of rural Romanian life.
Continue your cultural exploration at Ieud Wooden Church, one of the oldest and most representative wooden churches in Maramures. This UNESCO World Heritage site stands as a testament to the region’s deep Orthodox faith and the skill of its ancient carpenters. The church is not only a religious site but also a historical artifact, housing one of the earliest known texts written in Romanian.
Cap off your day with a home-hosted dinner in a local village. This intimate experience allows you to savor authentic Maramures cuisine, all made with ingredients sourced from the surrounding fields and forests. Engage in warm conversations with your hosts, gaining further insight into the local way of life and their enduring traditions.
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Day 7: Steam Train Trip – Barsana Wooden Church – Home Hosted Dinner in Maramures

This morning offers a nostalgic journey aboard a steam train, a timeless mode of transport that carries you through the scenic landscapes of Maramures. Known affectionately as the “Mocanita,” this historic train chugs along the Vaser Valley, unveiling the untouched natural beauty of the region. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the old locomotive and the breathtaking views of dense forests and rustic countryside, making sure to capture these moments as the train winds its way through the heart of traditional Romania.
After your delightful train ride, visit the Barsana Wooden Church, a masterpiece of wooden architecture and a symbol of the profound spiritual life in Maramures. This site, part of the UNESCO World Heritage list, stands impressively with its tall, slender spires and intricate carvings, surrounded by lush gardens that create a serene ambiance for contemplation and admiration. Here, you can explore the monastic complex and learn about the role of Orthodox faith in shaping the cultural heritage of the region.
Conclude your day with another home-hosted dinner in Maramures, where the warm hospitality of the locals invites you to engage more deeply with their culture. This intimate setting provides a perfect end to your day, filled with rich experiences and heartwarming interactions that showcase the genuine spirit of Maramures.
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Day 8: Exclusive Walking Tour – Sighetu Marmatiei Communism Memorial – Sapanta Merry Cemetery – Sapanta Peri Monastery - Dinner with Folklore Show

Embark on an exclusive walking tour through a picturesque village in Maramures, where each corner tells a story of tradition and time-honored customs. Here, you will have the unique opportunity to visit an icon-glass workshop, observing the delicate and revered art of icon painting that has been passed down through generations. This intimate tour not only brings you closer to the craft but also to the artisans who continue these ancient practices with pride and precision.
Next, your journey takes you to Sighetu Marmatiei, a town steeped in history and poignant memories, where you’ll visit the Communism Memorial. This former political prison now serves as a powerful museum dedicated to the victims of communist repression, offering a profound insight into Romania’s turbulent past and the resilience of its people.
Your day continues in the vibrant village of Sapanta, renowned for its unique Merry Cemetery. Unlike any other, this cemetery celebrates life with colorful tombstones featuring whimsical epitaphs and folk art that depict the deceased’s life in a cheerful and candid manner. This fascinating approach to death highlights the local culture’s distinct perspective on life, death, and humor.
Just a short distance from the Merry Cemetery lies the Sapanta Peri Monastery, boasting one of the tallest wooden church spires in the world. This architectural marvel is not only a testament to the skilled craftsmanship of Maramures but also a serene place for spiritual reflection amidst its tranquil surroundings.
Conclude your enriching day with a special dinner accompanied by a traditional folklore show. This lively evening is filled with music, dance, and stories, offering a festive glimpse into the vibrant cultural tapestry of Maramures. It’s a perfect way to celebrate the rich cultural heritage you’ve experienced throughout the day, creating memories that resonate with the spirit of Romania.
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Day 9: Surdesti & Budesti Wooden Churches – Organic Smoked Bacon Tasting with Home-made Lunch – Turda Salt Mine – Sibiu

Begin your morning with a visit to two of Maramures’ most revered sites, the Surdesti and Budesti Wooden Churches. These architectural gems, part of the UNESCO World Heritage list, stand as proud examples of the unique wooden church design that this region is famous for. The churches are not only spiritual centers but also remarkable for their tall, slender structures built entirely from wood without the use of nails, showcasing exceptional craftsmanship that has endured through centuries.
After exploring these sacred sites, treat your taste buds to an authentic culinary experience with a visit to a local village where you will partake in an organic smoked bacon tasting. This delightful experience includes a homemade lunch prepared by local hosts who will share their traditional methods of curing and smoking bacon, a staple of Romanian cuisine. It’s a flavorful insight into the local food culture, enjoyed in a warm, hospitable setting.
Next, journey south to the Turda Salt Mine, a marvel of both nature and human engineering. This ancient mine, dating back to Roman times, has been transformed into an incredible underground theme park. Descend into the depths of the earth to explore its museum, play area, and amphitheater, all nestled within the vast chambers of the mine. The microclimate here is known for its health benefits, adding a therapeutic angle to its visual spectacle.
Conclude your day with a scenic drive to Sibiu, one of Transylvania’s most iconic medieval towns. Upon arrival, you’ll check into your accommodation and have some time to relax before an evening stroll through this cultural hub, known for its Germanic architecture, vibrant art scene, and historical squares that host numerous cafes and art galleries.
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Day 10: Sibiu Walking Tour – Exclusive Gypsy Home Visit – Saxon Village of Biertan with the Fortified Church

Embark on a fascinating exploration of Sibiu, starting with a guided walking tour in the morning light. Sibiu, with its rich history as a major Saxon trade center, boasts well-preserved walls and towers, cobbled streets, and expansive squares that narrate tales of its past. Highlights include the iconic Brukenthal Palace, the dramatic Liar’s Bridge, and the evocative towers and bastions that outline the former city fortifications. As you wander through the Grand and Lesser Squares, admire the ‘Sibiu eyes’—small, roof-level windows designed to resemble watchful eyes, adding a unique charm to the city’s architectural character.
Following your tour of Sibiu, venture into the heart of Transylvania for an exclusive visit to a Gypsy home. This intimate experience offers a rare glimpse into the life and traditions of Romania’s Roma community, where you’ll learn about their crafts, culture, and the challenges they face. Engage in meaningful conversations and enjoy a display of traditional Gypsy craftsmanship, providing a deeper understanding of this often misunderstood community.
In the afternoon, continue to the Saxon village of Biertan, renowned for its fortified church, one of the largest and most impressive in Transylvania and a UNESCO World Heritage site. The church, built in the late 15th century, stands at the center of the village and is fortified with three rings of walls and defensive towers. The architectural design and defensive features reflect the region’s turbulent history and the importance of religion in the villagers’ survival. Inside, you’ll find an elaborate altarpiece, a beautifully carved pulpit, and the famous matrimonial prison, where couples contemplating divorce were once confined together until they reconciled.
As an optional activity, indulge in Transylvanian palinka tasting in a 500-year old cellar in Sighisoara, and savor some of the best wines from the region.
***Optional: Transylvanian palinka tasting in a 500-year old cellar in Sighisoara
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Day 11: Sighisoara Walking Tour – Saxon Village of Saschiz & Viscri with the Fortified Churches – Exclusive Viscri Village Tour & Traditional Lunch – Wildness Bear Observatory – Brasov

Begin your morning with a guided walking tour of Sighisoara, one of the best-preserved medieval towns in Europe and the birthplace of Vlad the Impaler. Explore its cobblestoned streets and discover the Clock Tower, the Church on the Hill, and the house where the infamous Vlad was born, offering a window into the past with its colorful facades and ancient structures. The town’s citadel is a UNESCO World Heritage site, renowned for its architectural integrity and historical significance.
Next, travel to the picturesque Saxon village of Saschiz. Famous for its fortified church, which is part of the UNESCO World Heritage list, Saschiz exemplifies the typical village organization used by the Transylvanian Saxons. The fortress, with its impressive defensive features, was crucial in protecting the community from invaders. Enjoy a tasting of locally made jams, which capture the essence of the region’s natural produce.
Continue to Viscri, a village that has gained international fame for its traditional rural lifestyle and its fortified church, another UNESCO World Heritage site. Here, you will have the unique opportunity to explore the village in a traditional horse-drawn cart, offering a slower pace of travel that allows you to fully appreciate the serene atmosphere and rustic beauty of the area. Visit a local blacksmith to witness the enduring craft of metalworking, a tradition that has been preserved over generations in Viscri.
Enjoy a traditional lunch prepared with locally sourced ingredients, providing a taste of authentic Romanian cuisine in a rustic setting. After lunch, engage more deeply with the village life and its heritage before heading to the Wildness Bear Observatory. Here, nestled in the Carpathian Mountains, you will have a chance to observe brown bears in their natural habitat from a safe distance, learning about their behaviors and the conservation efforts in place to protect them.
Conclude the day with a drive to Brasov, one of Romania’s most charming cities. Check into your accommodation and then spend the evening at leisure, perhaps exploring the old town’s Gothic, Baroque, and Renaissance architecture, alongside its inviting cafes and lively squares. This day offers a profound blend of historical exploration, cultural immersion, and natural observation, enriching your understanding of Romania’s diverse landscapes and heritage.
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Day 12: Bear Sanctuary – Bran Castle – Brasov Walking Tour

Your day begins with a visit to the Bear Sanctuary, a refuge for bears rescued from captivity. This sanctuary provides a safe haven where you can observe these majestic animals enjoying their natural behaviors in a secure and compassionate environment. The sanctuary’s efforts in conservation and animal welfare offer a glimpse into the challenges and triumphs of wildlife protection in Romania.
Following your encounter with the wildlife, the journey continues to Bran Castle, often known as Dracula’s Castle. This iconic site, perched atop a 200-foot-high rock, boasts a storied history and breathtaking views. While exploring the castle’s many rooms and secret passages, learn about its association with Bram Stoker’s Dracula and discover the blend of myth and history that makes this castle one of Romania’s most visited tourist attractions.
After the castle visit, travel to Brasov, a city that epitomizes the charm of Transylvania with its cobbled streets and medieval architecture. Embark on a walking tour of the historic Old Town to see the Black Church, the largest Gothic church in Romania, and stroll through Council Square, where markets and community gatherings have taken place since medieval times. Visit other notable landmarks such as Catherine’s Gate and the narrow Rope Street, one of the narrowest streets in Europe.
This day is rich with activities that blend natural, historical, and cultural experiences, providing a comprehensive view of the multifaceted beauty of Romania. The evening is yours to enjoy in Brasov, perhaps dining in one of the city’s excellent restaurants or simply relaxing and soaking in the ambiance of this historic center.
In the evening, an optional dinner in a nearby village can be arranged if you wish to experience the local cuisine and drinks.
***An optional dinner in a nearby village can be arranged.
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Day 13: Peles Castle – Bucharest Departure

Conclude your Romanian adventure with a visit to the magnificent Peles Castle, nestled in the mountain resort of Sinaia. This architectural marvel, once the summer residence of Romanian royalty, is renowned for its stunning neo-Renaissance design and intricate decorations. As you tour the lavish rooms, adorned with the finest examples of European art, Murano crystal chandeliers, German stained-glass windows, and Cordoba leather-covered walls, you’ll gain insights into the luxurious lifestyle of King Carol I and his successors. The castle’s setting in the Carpathian Mountains offers breathtaking views and a serene backdrop, perfect for reflecting on your journey through Romania.
Following your tour of Peles Castle, you’ll make your way back to Bucharest. Depending on your flight schedule, there may be time to explore more of the city or enjoy a final Romanian meal before your transfer to Henri Coanda International Airport. As you depart, take with you not just souvenirs, but memories of a land rich in history, culture, and natural beauty—a truly timeless treasure.
NOTE: The tour is further customizable.

Timeless Treasures of Romania Tour Map

Traditional Romanian welcome dinner with Folklore Show

In the evening, you can opt to serve a traditional dinner at a local restaurant with an idyllic view, situated on the lakeshore in Bucharest’s most famous park, the Herastrau or Michael I Park. Here, you will enjoy a three-course meal dinner with wine included, and you will get a chance to discover the traditional Romanian folklore costumes while enjoying the dances of the local performers. The entire show displays authentic Romanian traditions and customs, from the sewn details on the white outfits of the dancers to the delighting music played by the local artists.

Three-hour trip in Ukraine, to Solotvina and Nyzhnya Apsha

After Sapanta Peri Monastery visit, you can chose to visit the Ukrainian Maramures with a visit to Solotvina, which is the Ukrainian part of the Romanian town. And you will have the chance to visit Nyzhnya Apsha village. This region was in Transylvania until 1920.

Extra full day Bucharest City Tour

After the breakfast, we will start the visit of the capital city of Romania. The day starts with a visit to the Village Museum, one of the most impressive open-air museums in Europe with century old original peasant households from all parts of Romania.
After, we will visit the world’s largest, heaviest and most expensive administrative building, the Palace of Parliament. Between the two communist landmarks, we will have a panoramic tour of the city with Victory Square and Avenue, Royal Palace and Revolution Square and a short stop and visit of the Romanian Athenaeum. Next, we will attend a visit to the former residence of Ceausescu family, the last communist leader of the Socialist Republic of Romania. In contradistinction with the Ceausescu former residence we will have an incursion back in time, in the communist time, where you will have the opportunity to experience life in the 80’s with the help of authentic decor and furniture, working appliances and household accessories, local drinks and homemade snacks and historical and archive footage.
Before arriving in the old city center we will stop in the Cotroceni Neighborhood where we will visit the Presidential Palace and a typical 1930s Bucharest Residence.
In the late afternoon, we will reach Bucharest’s Old Town, with the ruins of the Old Princely Court, known as Dracula’s residence, where the legend says that Vlad the Impaler was keeping his prisoners. We will take a sightseeing tour of this part of the city, filled with lively cafes and street food to see why the nickname of Bucharest is “The Little Paris”. The rest of the evening is on your own.

Three day Republic of Moldavia Extension with Tiraspol Tour

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Extra Day 1: Bucovina – Iasi City Tour – Soroca

We will begin the three-day extension with the tour of Iasi city, the unofficial capital of the Moldavian region of Romania, here we will explore the Palace of Culture, the once gold-plated Church of the Three Hierarchs, Golia Monastery and the Neoclassical National Theatre. After this incursion, we will cross the Prut River in Republic of Moldavia, outside of the European Union. On the route enjoy the countryside to Soroca, the town that hosts the greatest and most impressive fortress in Republic of Moldavia. Before reaching the hotel we will visit a different part of the Soroca town, named the Gypsy Hill, where the Gypsy community built a neighbourhood of palaces. After this hotel check in and dinner on your own.
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Extra Day 2: Soroca Fortress – Old Orhei with Traditional Lunch – Cricova Wine Cellars – Chisinau City Tour

After the breakfast, we will start the day with a visit to the one of the best well-preserved fortresses of Europe, established by the Moldavian Prince Stephen the Great in 1499.
Next, we travel south, stopping at the outstanding cave monastery of Old Orhei, which is organically combines the natural landscape and vestiges of ancient civilizations. A home-made lunch will be served in the village with the same name.
In the afternoon, you head to Cricova, where you will visit the largest wine cellar in the world and where you will enjoy some of the best Moldavian wines. The winery Cricova was founded in 1952 and it is one of the few wineries which produce sparkling wine using the Champagne Method. Before reaching the hotel, we will visit the capital city of Republic of Moldavia, which is one of the greenest city in Europe. The tour will reveal the Arch of Triumph, the Metropolitan Cathedral of Chisinau with the Belfry Tower and the Parliament of Moldavia. To have a sweet evening we will have a short stop at the famous “Bucuria” shop, which is the greatest enterprise specialized in the production of candies. The rest of the evening is at your leisure.

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Extra Day 3: Bender Fortress – Tiraspol Tour – Bucovina

The last day in Republic of Moldavia will be an incursion in the unrecognized Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic (Transnistria). It officially belongs to Moldova and is its second largest city.
First, we will visit Bender Fortress, which was built in one the most powerful of the medieval cities of Moldavia – Tighina, which was an important trade outpost. Later we will cross Dnister in Transnistria, where you will understand why this is the world’s last Soviet republic in fact.
In Tiraspol we will visit Suvorov Plaza & Monument, Memorial of the WW2 and Afghanistan war, Lenin statue and more.
After the walking tour in Tiraspol we will go back to Bucovina, crossing back Prut River in Romania.
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Tour Reviews

5.00 based on 4 reviews
Travis H.
September 13, 2017

Absolutely perfect! Our guide was kind, enthusiastic and had a lot of knowledge! He knew every answer on our questions. Recommended!

Inna N.
May 19, 2018

This was an excellent trip organised by Dan of Holiday to Romania. We were driven in an air conditioned car with a lovely English speaking guide. The accommodation was good and often historic building. We had meals with locals and visited many Saxon fortified churches, the wooden churches and painted monasteries and many other castles and places of interest. Nothing was too much trouble for Dan. We are in our seventies and were extremely well looked after.

Nicholas S.
June 14, 2018

My husband and I have traveled quite extensively and have therefore had many experiences with guides and traveling on our own. We are not fans of large tours and wanted a relaxing vacation without having to do much planning on our own. We reached out to Dan and from the initial contact with him, we were very impressed and that sentiment was carried throughout our tour. Dan took our desired highlights and propose us a 12 day tour through Romania. He responded immediately to our emails, even with a 9 hour time difference. His communications were always thorough and helpful as we prepared for our trip. He also sent information to help us at the airport when we arrived. There was nothing left for us to think about as he prepared us extremely well. During the tour, Dan’s first concern was that we were having a good time. He went above and beyond expectations, was extremely accommodating, and happy to take any requests we had on the trip. I always felt safe whether it be with him behind the wheel or suggesting the best dish at a restaurant. He never steered us wrong ;). We highly recommend both visiting Romania AND booking with Dan from Holiday to Romania!

Carole H.
September 21, 2023

We have just come back from a memorable week in Romania. This was all wonderfully organised by Holiday to Romania and we had a private guide who drove us throughout the trip. Everything was arranged beforehand – the hotels, the itinerary and our personal guide. This made it a very memorable experience. Our guide, Eddie was excellent, informative, intelligent and always helpful. We saw Bucharest, the Black Sea, the Danube Delta, Bucovina and the wonderful painted monasteries. Also, we visited a castle and saw the Bicaz gorge with a night in Sighisoara. One of the many highlights was Transylvania – not to forget Dracula’s birthplace! A truly great trip.

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